September 11, 2021 Subject:
Holy cow what a show
Just listened to this today and this might be my favorite jamming show ever. It starts right away with Help>Slipknot and a 15 minute Franklin's Tower, and Jerry is just flying: Let it Grow.Dancing, Eyes, Not Fade, just sparkling jams. the supporting material is also excellent: PeggyO, Dire Wolf, Jack Straw.
Lucky damn Okies :-)
October 11, 2019 Subject:
Excellent show in my humble opinion
I love the Help/Slip/Frank on this recording...love the shoes they started that way...then a Peggy-O...I could go on and on about this one, but it is a favorite amongst 100's of shows that I have heard...may not be #1, but it's in my top 10
February 12, 2019 Subject:
Okies maintain at a near distance
The SBD is all low-freq thump, so the rest of the show may never be officially released (or maybe when we get to about 2024). It's an average '77 show with the usual highlights. It's a tough year to try to stand out and make, say, the top twenty; especially on the tour that included Colgate.
First Set. The biggest sequence happens right at the top. Help on the Way is all about the soaring tone of the solo. Of the 7 Help>Slip>Franks in '77 only 3 opened the 1st set (4/29 is the big one). Slipknot! is bluesier than the usually jazzier '77s. Franklin's isn't as wild, going heavy on two-chord Rhodes from Keith. The rest is average '77 until the bookenders. Keith goes from electric to grand on El Paso. Donna is too low in the mix at first on an otherwise great Sunrise. Deal is in the freebie pile in '77, but this is a boisterous version. Let it Grow is typical-'77-good. Oddly, the official release fades the final notes into audience noise just to avoid Bobby's break announcement.
Second Set. The whole set is average '77 & GOGD (except for the crucial Eyes). Dire Wolf is a bit well laid back but Estimated has a great ending. The way Bobby and Jer play off each other in Eyes is beautiful. The rest is bland-ish but for a good Wharf Rat. The drummers are out of sync by then, though, especially for Around & Around, and the thudding, overwhelming bass is tiresome if you take the show at one time.
1st Set: B- 2nd Set: C
Overall = 3 Stars
Help on the Way>Slipknot! - Soaring-toned solo and bluesier than usual
Deal - boisterous version
Eyes of the World - nice tempo, serious Bob/Jer weave
SOURCES: The bettyborad_19239 is pitched too slow. The miller_87514 has basically all of the flaws fixed. The cotsman_19290 has the best image, but most flaws remain. Five from the 1st Set are on Road Trips v. 1 #2, and 5 from the 2nd Set are scattered on Dick's #29.
October 10, 2013 Subject:
Set one opens with a strangely mellow H-S-F, the latter third of the jam just going on and on, as easy as you please. Peggy-O is just lovely. This Sunrise you can skip (although I usually like this tune!). The highlight of the first set is Let It Grow. They just simply tear into this, really pushing the energy full-throttle, as if that locomotive they were about to tear loose on the 2nd set needed a hard primer to get going! Wow!
2nd set - everything is here is solid gold - Dancin' is percussion city - focus on Mickey and Billy and let yourself just ride this one out. Estimated > Eyes is no slouch; Jerry really means it with Eyes this time, really wanting to tell the tale and not let it sit as filler, like so many times they did in their later years.
NFA > Jam > Rat > A&A. Just left speechless here - Rat in particular is really something to hear. The Dead had real balls taking such a personal, human story and making it a deep second-set reflection on The Big Picture - it's such a tricky thing to pull off, because the story is just so personal and specific, with individuals, not "humanity" being analyzed here. The important thing here is that they don't lost sight of what the story is about. Jerry explores the "false truth" space after "reassuring" August of Pearly's fidelity so beautifully here - THIS is a version you need to hear, should you be fatigued by forgotten lyrics and whatnot of later versions.
Beautiful, beautiful show. The Dead really screwed the pooch on their botched "release" of this one - finally got this thing cobbled together from 3 or 4 sources, in order to hear the clarity of the NFA and Eyes sans cuts and tape noise.
August 27, 2013 Subject:
World Series Show
This is a perfect example of what I've been saying since the beginning; a tape does not tell you how good a show was. The playing at this show sounds fabulous, but, man, had you been at the show, well, it was plain booorrring. I'm telling you, the boys were trying to get the crowd into it, it just never happened. I've never been to a Dead show where the crowd was so lifeless. Seriously, I'm not kidding, never (175 or 80 shows over a 25 yr period). Absolute proof that the crowd is at least half of a GD show. They were playing to us, we weren't playing back.
January 19, 2010 Subject:
Had to comment on this show, even though it's unavailable here, as I've been obsessed with it recently.
One of the stongest shows from one of the Dead's strongest years, this Charlie Miller version is worth seeking out through other online avenues("cough" Lossless Legs "cough.") The Help>Slipknot>Franklin's is so smokin', the band decided not to play it for years, they rock it so hard. Also, the Estimated>Eyes may be the best of the year, along with 6/8's. The rest of the 2nd set is no slouch either, with amazing versions of NFA and Wharf Rat.
And while I'm not a huge fan of Let it Grow, the version here is a major highlight; Jerry's just shooting lightning bolts during the entire jam.
Overall, I'd have to rate this in my top 4 or 5 for '77, mostly because the newer Miller version is so pristine, it really allows me to appreciate this show even more than before.
BTW, this was one of Dick Latvala's top 3 choices for his first Dick's Picks release, along with 12/19/73 and 2/13/70, but for some reason it was never released, except in parts on DP#29 and Road Trips vol.1no.2.